39,336 Runners ‘Race The Comrades Legends’

A total of 43,788 entrants from 103 participating nations had signed up to be a part of Sunday's virtual race.


RW Editors |

By the time entries had closed for the Comrades Marathon Association’s (CMA) inaugural virtual event, ‘Race The Comrades Legends’ on Sunday, a total of 43788 entrants from 103 participating nations had signed up to be a part of it.

CMA Chairperson, Cheryl Winn has thanked South Africans and the world at large for supporting what has been, The Ultimate Virtual Race, making it an all-round inclusive running affair, attracting runners, their families and friends, and showcasing the camaraderie and triumph of the human spirit in one epic event, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the subsequent lockdown and amidst the social distancing directives issued by governments around the world.

Winn says, “Little did we know that our slogan ‘Iphupho Lami / Dare To Dream’ for the cancelled #Comrades2020 would resonate so strongly with the running community that so many participants would dare to dream with us and be part of ‘Race The Comrades Legends’. This has truly been an epic inaugural virtual race.”

Winn adds, “We are immensely grateful for the support from our fellow South Africans, our sponsors and partners, our nationwide network of running clubs, our reigning and former champions, our green number runners, our international brand ambassadors and every participant around the world. You have all contributed in making ‘Race The Comrades Legends’ the most inclusive virtual race, the success of which is still being felt globally. So too our gratitude to our General Manager Keletso Totlhanyo, our Dream Team of staff members and our IT partner for pulling out all the stops to put this incredible project together in the four short weeks since we cancelled the 95th Comrades Marathon that should have taken place on 14 June.”

A total of 39,336 finishers have so far registered their times for having completed ‘Race The Comrades Legends’ in the various distances, as indicated below. CMA’s IT & Entries Coordinator Kyle Govender has confirmed that the period for submission of finishing times will be extended to 17h00 on Wednesday, 17 June 2020, and advised that anyone experiencing difficulty in doing so should email info@comrades.com.

Distance Number
5km RSA 5401
5km Foreign 552
10km RSA 9212
10km Foreign 1220
21.1km RSA 11897
21.1km Foreign 1823
45km RSA 3667
45km Foreign 767
90km RSA 687
90km Foreign 228

 

The Top 30 country breakdown was as follows:

 

Country Number
South Africa 38779
Brazil 1742
United Kingdom 645
United States 399
Australia 343
India 316
Zimbabwe 257
Canada 145
Germany 115
Zambia 101
Russia 65
Netherlands 59
Ireland 56
Portugal 54
Namibia 51
New Zealand 46
Botswana 45
Kenya 34
Philippines 32
France 30
Colombia 30
Switzerland 30
South Sudan 24
Japan 24
Uganda 22
South Korea 20
Tanzania 18
Israel 18
Malawi 16
Mozambique 14

 

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